Picton perfect filming location for Hollywood blockbusters

Hollywood scouts will soon discover that NSW locations such as Wollondilly are the perfect backdrop for blockbuster movies.

The shire has featured among 50 other locations throughout NSW in a new video aimed at promoting the locations to international film producers.

Picton’s rail bridge and the town centre feature alongside north of Newcastle’s sandscapes, the eerie plains of Monaro and the Snowy Mountains’ snow-capped peaks, as well as footage of NSW greenery, beaches and shores and a range of modern, industrial and historic buildings.

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell said it was no surprise that Picton starred as one of the most scenic and interesting areas of the state.

“I am delighted that Wollondilly is being marketed on the world stage,” he said.

“The potential gains for our region are enormous.

“Picton has already been featured in major films and with the support of the government, I’m confident it will again.”

Macarthur is no stranger to Hollywood blockbusters.

Hugh Jackman’s superhero movies X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine notably filmed in Brownlow Hill in 2008 and Picton in 2013, respectively.

The Sapphires movie was also shot out of Brownlow Hill and Campbelltown in 2011.

Recently the live action children’s film Peter Rabbit filmed in Camden on Macquarie Grove Road bridge, crossing the Nepean River.

Five years ago Angelina Jolie’s war movie Unbroken filmed at Onslow Oval, Camden and two years later Mel Gibson shot Hacksaw Ridge at a private farm in Bringelly.

Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, starring Nicole Kingdom and Hugh Jackman, was partly-filmed at Kirkham’s Camelot mansion.

The government’s three-minute ‘A place for every story’ video also highlights how the NSW scenery can double for locations across the United States, the United Kingdom, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and how production facilities at Fox Studios are located just 10 minutes from the city.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin unveiled the video ahead of a marketing campaign.

“We wanted to showcase the NSW that filmmakers don’t see every day, and really promote the incredible choice and adaptability that our stunning regional and metro locations have to offer international filmmakers,” he said.

“In the past couple of years alone, parts of NSW have doubled for the Lake District in Peter Rabbit, been the studio base for Alien: Covenant and most recently our modern Barangaroo complex and parts of Cronulla have delivered the futuristic and dystopian setting for Universal’s Pacific Rim: Uprising.

“NSW is hugely film-friendly and has a workforce dedicated to helping filmmakers through the entire process.

“We are delighted to be able to capture the best of our landscape offering through this teaser and excited to showcase it to Hollywood later this month.”

Mr Rowell said in the past two years, the state government’s ‘Made in NSW’ fund generated more than $300 million in production expenditure and almost 10,000 jobs.

“Much of this is spent in regions like the Wollondilly and Southern Highlands and provides value for many years to come through increased tourism,” he said.

The video will be used by arts, screen and culture agency Create NSW on an ongoing basis to promote the state to domestic and international filmmakers.